What is the role of speech therapy in the treatment of central cord syndrome (CCS)?

Updated: May 21, 2020
  • Author: Michelle J Alpert, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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A speech therapist should be involved in the treatment of patients with central cord syndrome who have dysphagia from the head position maintained by cervical orthoses or as a result of anterior cervical spine fusion. Various compensatory strategies need to be taught to these patients to make swallowing safer and to prevent aspiration.


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